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Gig Harbor, WA, January 31, 2011


The Harbor History Museum announced today that it will open its first original exhibit “An Excellent Little Bay The U.S. Exploring Expedition 1838 – 1842”on Saturday, January 29, 2011.


In 1842, Lt. Charles Wilkes wrote "Gig Harbor" on his working chart of South Puget Sound waters, giving a permanent name to our harbor home. The U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842, led by Wilkes, was as important in its time as landing on the moon was in ours. This exhibit explores the expedition and the men who left home and family on this dangerous yet fascinating voyage of discovery.


 “This isn’t the tale of explorers visiting and naming islands. This is a story of intrigue and life at sea with an ego-maniacal captain,” says Jennifer Kilmer, Executive Director.  “We are proud to show the community the kind of high-quality special exhibits our curator Victoria Blackwell and her team is capable of producing. I think our visitors will find this exhibit will be well worth the visit to the museum,” Kilmer remarks.


An Excellent Little Bay The U.S. Exploring Expedition 1838-1842 will run from January 29 through May 29, 2011.



The Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society dba Harbor History Museum was founded in 1963, and opened a museum in 1973. The Society moved in to their new 14,500 square foot facility in September 2010. The mission of the Harbor History Museum is to create opportunities to experience the heritage of the greater Gig Harbor communities.  We do this by collecting, preserving, and sharing this area’s history.  The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm, except major holidays.